University of Central Arkansas basketball teams return to action Saturday, in beginning a road swing at Oral Roberts in Tulsa.
The Sugar Bears (8-5) carry a 2-0 Southland Conference record into their game with ORU (2-10, 1-1), which will begin at 3 p.m.
The Bears (4-9) are 1-1 in league play after a victory last week over Houston Baptist.
The UCA men split the series with ORU last season, winning the second meeting 86-84 in overtime at home in the regular-season finale on Senior Day. The Golden Eagles (7-8, 1-1) won their home game 94-65 on Feb. 19.
The Sugar Bears lost twice last year to the ORU women, 76-69 and 68-53.
The Golden Eagle men are coming off a 71-64 home loss against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the team that beat UCA 81-66 in the SLC opener last Thursday in Conway.
“I think coach (Scott) Sutton is upset with them for the way they played against Corpus Christi,’ said UCA men’s coach Clarence Finley. “I watched his coach’s show last night and he didn’t think they played up to par against Corpus Christi. I think they might have taken them a little for granted, and then A&M got off to a really good start. And then it was just hard to make up the difference.
“It also looks like Corpus Christi is for real because they beat Northwestern (State) last night at home.”
UCA continues its road swing with a pair of games next week against SLC newcomers. The Bears play at Incarnate Word on Thursday and Abilene Christian on Saturday.